Cardinals RHP Adam Ottavino slated for shoulder surgery

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Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 out of Northeastern, will undergo surgery for what GM John Mozeliak called a “slap tear,” reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold.
The procedure to repair the labrum in his shoulder will keep him out for the rest of this year and could sideline him well into 2011. It’s common for pitchers having such a surgery to never regain completely their stuff.
The lone bit of good news for Ottavino is that he was pitching in the majors when he hurt his shoulder, meaning he’ll continue to collect the major league minimum salary and service time for the foreseeable future. The 24-year-old, who debuted for St. Louis at the end of May, had an 8.46 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances for the Cardinals before going down.

Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

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Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.

Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.

“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”